As COP26 has made clear, climate change, and the protection of planet Earth for the survival and the future well-being of all humanity and species, has increasingly become a global concern. All of us need to take greater individual and collective responsibility to protect and conserve our environment.
I believe that the development of policy and its implementation must involve the current young generation as overseers of the future. We must recognize the urgent need to involve children and youth to address climate change and its effects. We must recognize that when the environment we live in is destroyed, there’s no survival for future generations.
Currently, efforts undertaken by community-based organizations include creating environment clubs for learners, developing age-appropriate activities for learners in environmental conservation, as well as eco-school/green school interventions with tree planting, waste management and distribution of environment-friendly tree seedlings to schools and surrounding communities.
With such interventions, school efforts are tailored toward providing learners with practical ways of learning about climate change and hands-on approaches for conserving and protecting the environment.